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The accompanying sketch is a faithful delineation of the Greenwich Literary Institution, which was opened last week to the public, the plans and purposes of which should be the subject of sincere congratulation to every friend and advocate of human enlightenment. From the history of the rise and progress of the institution, as given by the chairman, Charles Harwood, Esq., on the auspicious occasion alluded to, it appears that the library which formerly existed in the town of Greenwich had been felt to be too limited for some and too expensive for others, and hence arose the edifice now before us. He said, "It was not his purpose to go into the subject of general education; but still he must be permitted to say that education on almost any scale must tend to virtue. vice would not be sanctioned there. Halls of science were not places for vice. It was under this feeling that the committee had fixed the price for the admission of youth as low as 5s. a-year. In the ordinary pursuits of life simple impulses frequently led to great results - and so it was in education. A party who received early instruction that was captivating was led to go on to that which was more abstruse - thus, for instance, from music the student would pass on to the sciences and the arts- and to the kindness of the committee and the energy of the professors they had been indebted for courses of lectures adapted to various tastes and to further any objects in life they might desire to serve." These few short but comprehensive sentences comprise the whole objects of this excellent institution, to which we wish a long career of continued usefulness and prosperity.

from The Illustrated London News, 1843